Borrell visits Ukraine in a show of EU support

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, is currently in Ukraine on a visit aimed at highlighting the European Union's support for its partner country amid rising tensions with Russia.

On Friday (7 January), NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs have scheduled an extraordinary virtual meeting to discuss Russia's troop buildup on the Ukrainian border and European security threats. On Monday (10 January), the United States will hold a bilateral meeting with Russia on Ukraine, and NATO will have a meeting with Russia on (Wednesday) 12 January. 

Prior to his visit, Borrell said that the EU would act decisively if Russia commits further aggression against Ukraine. 

In early December 2021, the EU agreed to a plan to donate 31 million euros to Ukraine to improve the country's military logistics and cyber security. 

Borrell is pushing for an active role for the EU in the negotiations that will take place this month between the United States and Russia. He also stressed the importance of defending Ukraine's right to determining its own future and foreign policy and said that the country: it must have as much a say as possible in any talks on its future.  

source: commonspace.eu with agencies
photo: Josep Borrell. EPA

Related articles

Editor's choice
News
Borrell tells the European Parliament that the situation in Afghanistan was critical, but the EU will remain engaged

Borrell tells the European Parliament that the situation in Afghanistan was critical, but the EU will remain engaged

Borrell underlined that the European Union will make every effort to support the peace process and to remain a committed partner to the Afghan people. "Of course, we will have to take into account the evolving situation, but disengagement is not an option.  We are clear on that: there is no alternative to a negotiated political settlement, through inclusive peace talks.
Editor's choice
News
International community calls on Russia to withdraw from Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

International community calls on Russia to withdraw from Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

EU member states and other countries in the international community have issued a statement on the situation around the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, and have called on Russia to withdraw its troops from the territory of the plant. In a statement the 42 countries called on Russia to immediately withdraw its military forces and all other unauthorised personnel from the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, its immediate surroundings, and all of Ukraine so that the operator and the Ukrainian authorities can resume their sovereign responsibilities within Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders and the legitimate operating staff can conduct their duties without outside interference, threat, or unacceptably harsh working conditions. This will also enable the IAEA to carry out its verification pursuant to Ukraine’s safeguards obligations under safe and secure conditions and in a timely manner. The statement said that the international community will hold Russia accountable for its aggression, and Russia must bear full responsibility for its unlawful actions in Ukraine.

Popular

Editor's choice
News
International community calls on Russia to withdraw from Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

International community calls on Russia to withdraw from Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

EU member states and other countries in the international community have issued a statement on the situation around the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, and have called on Russia to withdraw its troops from the territory of the plant. In a statement the 42 countries called on Russia to immediately withdraw its military forces and all other unauthorised personnel from the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, its immediate surroundings, and all of Ukraine so that the operator and the Ukrainian authorities can resume their sovereign responsibilities within Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders and the legitimate operating staff can conduct their duties without outside interference, threat, or unacceptably harsh working conditions. This will also enable the IAEA to carry out its verification pursuant to Ukraine’s safeguards obligations under safe and secure conditions and in a timely manner. The statement said that the international community will hold Russia accountable for its aggression, and Russia must bear full responsibility for its unlawful actions in Ukraine.